Voting is now open, and Twitter users can vote up to 20 times per day.
The 94th Academy Awards will have a ‘fan favourite’ award that will be voted by Twitter users.
Now Twitter users can vote on their favourite film of 2021 by tweeting the title along with #OscarsFanFavorite and #Sweepstakes.
The online voting began on February 14 and it will be counted by March 3. Regardless of if the film was nominated for an Oscar, it will be recognised during the awards broadcast on March 27.
The announcement comes after several blockbusters including Spider-Man: No Way Home and No Time To Die failed to earn Oscar nominations in major categories, including best picture.
Their omission raised fears that many movie fans will skip the show. But any film released in 2021 can be voted for in the new category using the Twitter hashtag #OscarsFanFavorite or via the Academy’s website, raising the chances of a blockbuster being honoured on the night.
Movie fans can vote up to 20 times per day until March 3, and three randomly selected winners will be invited to present an Oscar at next year’s ceremony.
A separate poll will ask voters to choose their favourite “movie cheer moment.” The five most popular choices — billed as scenes where “audiences couldn’t help but erupt into cheers in theatres” — will be shown during the Oscars.